Wednesday 14 March 2018

Student Accommodation: Dealing with Drugs, Alcohol & Illegal Highs

The Unipol Board Room - Leeds

Suitable for: staff that work in student accommodation and who may see alcohol and other drugs as an issue for some of their client group

Spaces available

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9.00am - 9.10am Registration (tea and coffee available)

9.10am - 9.25am Welcome and Delegate Introductions

9.25am - 11.40am Drug Awareness: led by Julian Cohen, trainer for HIT

- What do we think and know about drugs?
- Trends in young people’s drug use
- A model for understanding young people’s drug use 
- Effects and risks of different drugs
- The law and drugs, including the new psychoactive act
- Any other business

- A break with refreshments will take place from 10.45am to 11.00am

11.40am - 12.15pm Where can students go for help and what can be done for them?
Advice, information and resources: What is being done to help students who encounter issues with drugs or alcohol? Ruth Bradford and David Wise, Forward Leeds

12.15pm - 12.30pm Questions & Discussion

12.30pm - 1.15pm Lunch (Provided)

Afternoon sessions: Practical skills and Strategies: led by Julian Cohen, trainer for HIT

1.15pm - 2.45pm Good practice in managing difficult situations with students: Use and supply in student accommodation, dealing with rumour, emergency first aid and supporting students who are experiencing drug problems.

2.45pm - 3.00pm Break (Refreshments provided)

3.00pm - 3.45pm How to develop a positive dialogue with students about drugs

3.45pm - 4.30pm Interplay of discipline & pastoral care: Dealing with issues appropriately and effectively Rachael Elliott, Trustee, Unipol Student Homes TBC

4.30pm - 4.45pm Review and Evaluation

4.45pm ENDS

This is a working agenda and is subject to change


This one day course provides an introduction to the history, effects and potential harms of alcohol and other drugs, and the reasons why some people use, or misuse, them. Using real-life examples underpinned by the latest research, participants will gain a clearer understanding of the nature of drug use by young people, their legal and ethical responsibilities, and effective interventions to help reduce harm.


• To understand the latest information about patterns and trends in drug use amongst young people

• To improve knowledge about the effects and risks of all psychoactive substances

• To enhance skills in assessing and responding positively to drug use

• To gain an overview of interventions, laws, policies and procedures

To ensure the quality of this training course, delegate numbers are set to a maximum of 20.

Confirmed Speakers:

Julian Cohen

Julian Cohen has worked as a drug educator, writer and trainer and as a counsellor, project and group leader for over 30 years. He is the author of many drug books, pamphlets, teaching and training packs and educational games. Julian has run training courses  all over the UK and also lectured about young people's drug use in America, Canada, Australia, Romania, Ibiza and Majorca. 

Ruth Bradford

Ruth Bradford is an Early Intervention and Prevention worker at Forward Leeds drug and alcohol service and is also the University Lead for Forward Leeds, facilitating positive relationships with Universities and linking students in with Forward Leeds for support. Ruth Bradford delivers 1:1 structured interventions to clients which aim to prevent the escalation of drug and alcohol misuse leading to addiction and problematic use.

Cost per delegate

Normal Delegate Rate - £285
Friends of Unipol Rate - £250

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